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For no reason a’ all: My tribute to London pub rock duo Chas & Dave

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I am predominantly into ‘black music’ (resp., for the more politically correct readers, into funk, soul, hip-hop, blues, and gospel), plus gutsy and/or soulful country.

But there also are other kinds of artists, which – to me – are the musical equivalent of ‘comfort food’. For many decades, I have been loving Chas & Dave – since “Ain’t No Pleasing You” (1982) …

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Momentaufnahme im Hbf. Hamburg: Refugees welcome

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Als ich vorhin gegen 23.15 Uhr nach einem Berlin-Trip im Hamburger Hauptbahnhof ankam, beeindruckte mich das Ausmaß, in dem sich selbst zu nachtschlafender Zeit freiwillige (nehme ich mal an) Helfer um Flüchtlinge kümmerten.
Momentaufnahme im Hauptbahnhof: Hamburg und die Flüchtlinge
Es hingen Schilder aus, unter denen sich Reisende zu Zielländern wie Schweden, Norwegen und Finnland sammeln konnten. Essen war verfügbar, und wohl auch ein Arzt. Es wurde die Information vermittelt, dass Flüchtlinge mit Ausnahme des ICE kein Bahnticket bräuchten. Im ICE sei das Verhandlungssache, darüber müsse mit dem Zugführer gesprochen werden.
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The Complete New Funk Times P.Funk History Double Issue 4/5 from 1990

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Rolling Stone Magazine has just published the story “Doctor Atomic” about my favorite funk musician George Clinton (issue #1234, cover date: May 7, 2015). They printed a photo I took during my 1986 home story on George’s Funky Farm and the cover of the P.Funk History Double Issue of the P.Funk newsletter New Funk Times which I used to publish from the late ’80s to early ’90s, with permission of George Clinton.

The NFT website has been hacked quite a while ago and I haven’t had the time yet to bring it back. Therefore I am using my personal blog to post scans of the issue you see in Rolling Stone – with cartoons by Pedro Bell, Overton Loyd and Howard Priestley. Enjoy!
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A Funky Soul Christmas (Playlist & Videos)

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My feelings towards Christmas are similar to The Grinch’s (without the greedy aspect). The only thing I like about it are the holiday songs. Therefore I put together a Spotify playlist with great Christmas albums and compilations. Feel free to add yours – the list is shared.

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Written by Peter Jebsen

25. Dezember 2014 at 1:00

Crowdfunkin’: Best of Current Funk (Spotify Playlist)

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“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) is one of the best current funk releases I have heard in a long time:

After mentioning this on Facebook, my funky friends recommended many other great acts to me. I threw in some additional favorites of mine and started a Spotify playlist. Put it into shuffle mode … and enjoy!

Alternatively, try this Spotify link.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

22. November 2014 at 18:58

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Augie’s gone. Where do the bop go?

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With great sadness, I just became aware of the fact that singer, songwriter, performer and producer Augie Johnson has passed away on October 10, 2014.

I interviewed him in Los Angeles in 1982 after the album “Make Mine Bop” by Side Effects‘ side project L.A. Boppers blew me away. It featured one of my favorite jazz-funk-soul songs of all time: “Where Do the Bop Go”.

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Written by Peter Jebsen

26. Oktober 2014 at 7:25

R.I.P., Jack Bruce! (George Clinton on patching up things with Cream)

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Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian  Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce passed away yesterday (Saturday, October 25, 2014) at age 71. In his just-released autobiography “Brothas Be, Yo, Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton (73) remembers running into Cream’s founder member in the spring of 1993 – before and during the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

(…) Cream was inducted, which was a kind of brain twist: I got to watch two of my most important influences [Sly Stone was there as well – PJ] and think about the way that I had built Funkadelic on the intersection between their two bands. Jimi Hendrix had it right when he said that Cream was quitting just as everybody else was getting started. I also got to watch how a band acted when they put old rivalries and infighting behind them. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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26. Oktober 2014 at 3:59

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